October 23, 2008

Cost of servers 20 years ago — request for help!

Posted in Software tagged , , , at 9:30 pm by mj

I’m putting together a presentation, and I need your help!

I’m looking for the cost and specs of typical “commodity” hardware 20 years ago, versus the cost and specs for typical “big guns” at the same time.

I’m also looking for database options other than the usual suspects (Oracle, DB2, Sybase) that may have been available at the time. Cost comparisons are ideal.

In other words… if you were transported back to 1988, and you had to support a large (for the time) data set, and still knew what you know now about scaling … would you have had any alternatives than (something akin to) Oracle on big iron?

Many thanks, and I’ll post a follow-up later.